The vending industry never fails to impress; over the years we’ve had machines which dispense drinks after being hugged and tackled, Chinese vending machines distributing live crabs for as little as $1 and even the Passive Aggressive Anger Release Machine designed to replicate the satisfying feeling of smashing porcelain!
The First Mind Reading Coffee Machine
However, never have we seen something quite as innovative as The Ludus – the world’s first mind reading coffee machine! Designed and developed by the vending machine professionals at Express Vending, The Ludus utilizes a wealth of highly innovative technology to undertake a complete body and mind reading and, from this, the coffee machine will dispense exactly what you fancy.
The drinks machine – which provides a huge selection of hot and cold drinks, including a range of coffee and teas, hot chocolate, juice and water – features fingerprint technology and facial recognition software which determines your age, gender, temperature, heart rate and mood. Factors such as the time of day, the outside environment and the environment in which the machine is placed in are also taken into consideration and, surprisingly, the results are reportedly highly accurate!
Tom Briggs, an engineer involved in the creation of The Ludus, said it is “not only a machine that has never been made before, but it’s also something most people would consider impossible to make”. He continued to say that the technology incorporated in the machine is “extraordinary” and said the body reader “is something you immediately want to play with and show off”.
The Ludus doesn’t stop there though, as not only can the machine guess which drink you would like after conducting a body reading, it also features mug memory technology to select your individual drink preferences – something bound to impress office workers and techies throughout the world!
So at 9am it might prepare a steaming cup of coffee complete with an extra shot of espresso, just after lunch it will offer you a lovely cup of tea and at 5pm a luxurious hot chocolate will be made to help you wind down towards the end of the day. All of this will be built up in your mug memory and, although the exact way this is achieved is being kept firmly under wraps, Express Vending have revealed that it uses highly advanced radio-frequency identification technology (RFID) to transfer the data wirelessly.
A participant involved in testing The Ludus, Kayleigh McCahill, seemed particularly impressed by the mug memory technology concluding that “every time” they tried it, it got their drink choice “spot on” – which, in itself, is a feat worthy of a sci-fi movie!
The Ludus is currently undergoing a further rigorous series of tests before production can begin and it is expected to be sold by Express Vending by the end of the 2013. Marketing Manager, Andrew Jones, is incredibly excited about the launch saying he believes it will “revolutionise the provision of workplace refreshments and offer something the industry has never seen before”.
All in all, The Ludus appears to be something which has leapt from the future and, although it’s not available quite yet, the ‘future’ doesn’t seem too far away – and we are certainly going to be at the front of the queue for our very own Ludus once it arrives!
How About That?
There are no mention of prices yet, but assuming you could afford it, is this the kind of technology you look forward to? Can’t wait to read your thoughts on this futuristic coffee machine in the comments section!
UPDATE: Alright! Mind reading coffee machines are not about to become a reality. Happy April Fools Day!